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Ideas to make gift-giving easier

Friday, December 19, 2014
One of the year’s strange gifts, Mug with a Hoop, a must for basketball fans.

Many people struggle to come up with thoughtful gifts each year and the situation becomes even more complicated when the person they are buying for is someone who does not really need anything. Some people are also just very difficult to please and this can frustrate gift givers who are forced to think outside the box. T&T Guardian has come up with a few gift ideas that even the most difficult person would be inclined to love. 

For the wine lovers: From the Naughty Grape, Tragarete Road.

A Corkcicle—$210

Chill wine from the inside. Corkcicle is an easy way to chill wine without having to tote an ice bucket. Simply open your pre-chilled wine bottle, pour out just a sip’s worth to avoid overflow, and insert the pre-frozen Corkcicle.

Host adjustable aerator—$539

Perfectly aerate any wine from your lightest pinot noir to your most robust Bordeaux. Just pick a setting, pour it through and drink it down.

True Little Birdie Stopper—$119

Bring a little bit of nature indoors with these colourful and elegant glass bird stoppers. Sold in three distinctive colours, these stoppers are the perfect gift idea for any wine connoisseur.

Wine label album/ journal—$172.54

To be used with 8360 Label Saver. Designed for recording the memorable aspects of each bottle of wine, the entry pages of this journal include an easy scoring system and plenty of space for pasting labels. A completed journal becomes a handy personal reference book for both connoisseurs and casual sippers.

If they’re not wine lovers, don’t panic, you can always shop for them online at for some other out of the box ideas.

Sari make-up bag—US$25

Bring a bit of exoticism to your daily beauty routine by stowing every stitch of make-up in this enchanting silken pouch. A co-operative of artisans in a village outside of Rajasthan, India, painstakingly cut assorted saris and stitch the varied pieces together into a one-of-a-kind pastiche of ruched squares.

Every lovely accessory features the saturated hues and unique patterns that gave the original lavish ensemble its characteristic sparkle. An inner lining of patterned silk zips to stash your go-to essentials, like your lipstick, mascara, pencils, and foundation.

In addition to keeping your belongings paired and pretty, the production of these clutches provides Indian women with a beautiful opportunity to create a better standard of living for 

themselves, their children, and their communities. Handmade in India.

The Mug with a Hoop —US$24

Slam dunk some mini marshmallows or go for the 3-point oyster cracker shot with this functional, fanciful basketball mug. The Mug With a Hoop was designed by eight-year-old Max, an entrepreneur and sports fan. It's a full court press of form meets function: the oversized cup is shaped like half a basketball, and the handle sports a mini-basket to receive shots of marshmallows for cocoa, crackers for soup, or toppings for ice cream.

Max’s vision is that “the world would be better if we could play with our food!”

Made as a playful prototype in Max’s art class, this mug is the exemplar of that maxim. Max observes that the mugs will also benefit people who can’t go outside and play basketball—like kids in the hospital, or people needing occupational therapy. Made in Thailand. 

Fixie pizza cutter—US$23

Biking home carrying a large veggie pizza probably isn’t the best idea, but you don’t have to cut cycling out of the equation completely.

Bring your slice servings to the next gear with this two-wheeled pizza slicer, designed to look like your beloved fixie. Made in China. 

Face mug —US$18

Put a smile on that mug with a hungry mouth cubby that bites off more than you can chew. Perfect for serving milk and cookies, coffee and doughnuts, tea and biscotti, or your favourite snack-time combinations. Made of porcelain in China.


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